Abdul- Jabbar, Kareem [Alcindor, Lew] (b New York City, 16 Apr 1947). Basketball player. Born in Harlem, he led the elite Catholic high school Power Memorial to a 95– 6 record during his four years on the basketball court, including a 71- game winning streak. He earned all- American honors three times and graduated as the leading scorer and rebounder in New York City high school basketball history. He later became one of the most successful college and professional basketball players of all time, winning three National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships at the University of California, Los Angeles, and playing most of his professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. In 1971 he changed his name to reflect his Muslim faith, which he began practicing in college. He has made two brief returns to the New York City basketball scene since his retirement as a player: he applied for the position of head basketball coach at Columbia University in 2003 and was hired for a brief time as a scout by the New York Knicks in 2004. AbdulJabbar has also authored several books, including On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey through the Harlem Re nais sance (2007).